The JUSTICE report was published at a time when the surge in historical cases was hitting record levels. ‘For some types of sexual offending, prosecution and prison can be ineffective,’ the group said. ‘It is often the shock of the arrest and confirmation that what they are doing is wrong that causes these individuals to stop offending.’
‘Why would we consider not prosecuting some of the most vile criminals in society just because we can’t cope with the numbers?’ Peter Saunders, of the National Association of People Abused in Childhood wanted to know.
There were numerous other less eye-catching proposals such as that pre-recorded evidence should be available for all sexual offence complainants and to limit the CPS’s ability to drop charges where complainants refuse to disclose data on mobile phones.
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